We have moved our Community Closet to the warehouse and expanded our Food Closet. Staff and Volunteers have had to make countless trips back and forth from the warehouse to the program building in order to serve our families in need. The overflow food, clothing and household items were all stored in the warehouse so when we ran out of an item, someone had to make a trip across the parking lot to bring more items to the program building where the services were being performed.
With the changes, the food is now in the program building (and soon our new freezer will be on the program side as well!!) and all of the clothing and houseware will be in the warehouse where they are received as donations. This enables the volunteers and staff to unload and sort donations and then filter them to the correct departments in the warehouse instead of across the parking lot.
The time we are saving from having to make trips back and forth is going directly to our families so that we can better tend to their needs.